Popular Prophet Lands In Trouble After Prophesying That His Village Will Be Wiped Out By God
File photo: Ethiopian police
It has been reported that police officers in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state have arrested a “doomsday prophet”, the Agence France Presse, AFP, reports.
The prophet was nabebd after he caused widespread panic over claims his village would be wiped out on Monday, state media reported.
The state-owned Amhara Mass Media Agency reported that the prophet had told his followers in the village of Ergoye that he had recently returned from heaven with a gloomy message.
“I have just returned from paradise with a message from god. The people in my area will be wiped out on Monday,” AMMA reported him as saying.
“When I entered paradise I met a woman who said she is the Virgin Mary, I also met god…” he claimed.
The prediction prompted residents to shut schools and businesses for several days, the AMMA reported.
Ethiopia is a deeply religious society, with surveys showing the vast majority of Ethiopians believe in a supernatural deity.
In recent years, the proliferation of quasi-evangelical movements and charismatic preachers has sometimes spawned “cult leaders”.
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